2015 Is The Year For… Kate Tempest

The name Kate Tempest hasn’t been something completely alien to many people for the past year. I have however actively avoided listening to or attempting to find anything out about her until now. She’s seems to have slipped under the radar over the past year whilst simultaneously making a massive impact. She was nominated last year for…

Mark Lanegan And The Longevity Of Grunge

It is understandable that today we often forget how immediate the influence of grunge is in current music culture. Due to the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994, it’s easy to look at the grunge era with nostalgia and in memoriam. This constructs the myth that the movement’s popularity, to some extent, started and ended…

Moral Listening- Does It Exist?

Every once in a while, a scandal hits the musical world which reverberates well outside of the scene it occurs in, making national news and causing widespread consternation. Judas Priest’s famous court case based on the notion that they hid satanic messages in their music; the regular claims that gangsta rap promotes criminal behaviour; the…

Tom Waits- Transformer

Primal beats, the voice of the devil- to late night Jazz, scat and back again. Tom Waits- transformer. There never will be, and never has been, something as radically diverse as Tom Wait’s back catalogue. The man began his career playing late night country-folk-jazz, now he screams down the microphone with stone cold primal beats…

‘Ziggy Played Guitar’, And Oh, So Much More

David Bowie has vastly contributed to popular culture as we know it today. ‘But what about The Beatles!?’ I hear you cry. Well I’m sorry, it would still be a resounding no from me (in whatever Simon Cowell voice you imagine in your head). The Beatles were more responsible for the starting of something we…

The Eurythmics: Pioneers of Synthpop

The indomitable 1980s birthed many a cultural phenomenon still popular today, including big hair, leg warmers and the wonderfully addictive Rubik’s Cube. Musically, however, the era produced something even better: synthpop. A combination of the electro sounding synthesiser and mainstream pop, the genre took off at the beginning of the 80s in Germany, Japan and…

Madly In Anger With You- Metallica Documentary

Life in a multi-million-selling, multiple-Grammy-winning, globe-conquering band. It’s a life we’ve all pined after at least briefly at some point in our own mortal existences, but it’s a life that very few of us get to experience firsthand, or even anywhere verging on close-up. Therefore, any kind of exposé of the so-called ‘rockstar’ lifestyle is…

Kate Bush And Her Everlasting Obsession With Literature

At nineteen years old Kate Bush performed on Top of the Pops for the first time, with a song from her debut album ‘The Kick Inside’. The song was ‘Wuthering Heights’, and hence the world was introduced to an artist whose obsessions and interpretations of literature would be hugely influential in shaping who she was….

Willy Mason- Singer/Songwriter, Storyteller, Folk Reviver

No one really understands why it is that Willy Mason hasn’t achieved greater success; having released three albums in the last ten years to modest critical acclaim, it seems strange that he hasn’t shaken the “under the radar” status. This is made even stranger when you do discover his music: each track tinged with his…

Devin Townsend- Long May He Reign

Devin Townsend. To those in the know, the name of this maverick Canadian will spark fevered fanboying or fierce debate. Having spanned a dizzying array of musical styles in 20 years of creativity, this album-churning machine has amassed one of the most devoted fanbases from within and beyond the metal community. Following some success as…

The Legacy of Public Image Ltd

If seventies punk was the barks and snarls of a disenfranchised youth criticising the world around them: politics, music, class struggles and the establishment, then early eighties post punk was the internal frustration that took the same anger but pointed it inwards; criticising the individual and the limitations put on them not only by society…